November 11, 2001

Dear People,

THRANGU RINPOCHE has just completed his first Namo Buddha Seminar which is exclusively for his own monks and nuns at Namo Buddha in Nepal. The teaching was on the Seven Points of Mind Training.

ANI YESHE HAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT about a wonderful, new idea of establishing a new cyber sangha of Thrangu Rinpoche's students.

Cyber Shedra

For students and centers of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

Vision

To create the facility for in-depth study of Buddhism according to the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This would be accomplished by using mainly the teachings of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and senior teachers of the Kagyu Lineage.

A curriculum would be devised with resources that can be down-loaded from the shedra website or obtained by mail from the USA or Europe.

Texts would be studied in groups or in centers with a leader to facilitate the courses. There would be discussion topics and exam questions for each text studied.  Those living away from the centers could be linked up to the nearest leader for support. Any questions which can't be answered in the groups will be relayed to Rinpoche and
the replies emailed to everyone studying the text.

Making the vision a reality.

 If centers or study groups or individuals are interested in this idea please let me know.   If you would be interested in serving as a study leader and contact for your group, let me know. (Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche will approve all Study Leaders).  Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche will direct the syllabus deciding which texts and in what order the texts will be studied. A team of curriculum developers will create course materials for centers to use, including discussion topics and study questions. If you or your center would like to be involved in this process please let me know.  Rinpoche will approve those involved in the curriculum process. I would like to add that curriculum development is a really good way to deepen ones understanding of the material being used and how to work with it in center and group situations.   If you can offer your skills in creation of websites etc., please let me know.

There would be a Shedra programme with Rinpoche yearly. This would be open to those who have done the prerequisite shedra studies.

It would be so beneficial to create a really good study programme for those wishing to study Rinpoche's teachings. There are many centers and people who have studied with Rinpoche over many years. To pool our knowledge and skills in this area could create an excellent programme, bringing Rinpoche's teachings, wisdom and clarity to so many who have the sincere wish to study the dharma.  Please discuss this in your centers and let me know your thoughts or ideas. At the beginning of November, I will relay the level of interest and response to Rinpoche and let everyone know the outcome.

Ani Yeshe Palmo
aniyeshe@clara.co.uk
 

NAMO BUDDHA PUBLICATIONS

Wisdom Books of England has begun selling Thrangu Rinpoche's books and in the first month they have sold over 50 books. Europeans can now order from them.

Thrangu Rinpoche's Transcending Ego has received a tremendous response. In less than one month over 350 of these books have been sold.

Now NAMO BUDDHA PUBLICATIONS with ZHYISIL CHOKYI GHATSAL PUBLICATIONS of New Zealand are proud to announce the release of a new book:

Thrangu Rinpoche's Showing the Path of Liberation: A Commentary on the Kagyu Lineage Prayer.

In 1978 the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa requested Thrangu Rinpoche to outline the Buddhist Path for Western students so that they may understand the nature of the path.  Thrangu Rinpoche did so using the Lineage Prayer which is chanted in almost all Kagyu centers as an outline for this teaching. Here Rinpoche gives a verse by verse commentary which covers all aspects of the path and the practice according to the tradition of Mahamudra. He also gives a brief history of the lineage and the early lineage masters.

The reason why this particular lineage supplication is so much emphasized is that it was composed by the great teacher Penkar Jampal Zangpo, after his completion of eighteen years of solitary retreat practice meditating on Mahamudra on an island in the middle of a lake in northern Tibet. It is regarded as a summary of his experience and realization which was gained through years of intense practice giving it unparalleled blessings.

This book, one of Thrangu Rinpoche's first, was available only in a small pamphlet from the Philippines. Now it is available in a 90 page paperback with supporting material.

For the next month, Namo Buddha Publications will hold a special discount:

Buy 1-4 of this book and receive 20% off the list price of $12.95
Buy 5 or more of this book and receive 40% off.
To order this book, simply email Namo Buddha Publications at
cjohnson@ix.netcom.com with your order and address and we will send
the books to you with an invoice.

If you live on the Pacific Rim, you should order this book from
Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal and their email address is: chokyi@xtra.co.nz.
They also have dozens of other books by Thrangu Rinpoche.
 
 
 
 
 

FINALLY THERE IS A NEW LETTER ON THE SHREE MANGAL DVIP SCHOOL which is Thrangu Rinpoche's primary school in Nepal from Shirley. This letter can now be viewed on Thrangu Rinpoche's web site: www.rinpoche.com.  When you get on the website click on "A School for Himalayan Children" and then click on the large mountain.

Thank you and practice well,

Clark Johnson
Namo Buddha Publications
1390 Kalmia Avenue
Boulder, CO 80304-1813
Phone (303) 449-6608
Fax (303) 440-0882
Email: cjohnson@ix.netcom.com

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